About Coach Damon
About Coach Damon
Lacrosse is my passion! The game has given me so much and this blog is my way of giving back to the lax community. Specifically the most bad a$$ part of that community - the goalies! After learning to play goalie from scratch, I wanted to create a site where I could share what I learned with others so they too can become champions in the crease and in life. Learn more about Coach Damon.
Mental Mantra’s to Help Yourself Stay Present with Molly Laliberty – LGR Episode 198
Learning About Lacrosse in Uganda with Allan Amone – LGR 197
Understanding Box Lacrosse Goalie with Steve Orleman – LGR 196
The Most Important Things to Consider with 2025 Goalie Bailey Terry – LGR 195
Learning about JUCO Lacrosse with Cam Cordova – LGR 194
Overcoming Injuries to Thrive in the Cage with Paulina DiFatta – LGR Episode 193
Goalie Tips from All-American and National Champ Pat Burkinshaw – LGR Episode 192
Bringing the Positive Vibes with Bella McCullough – Episode 191
Lessons from the Women’s World Cup with Team England Goalie Katie Greenwood – Episode 190
Using Effort and Energy to Thrive in the Cage with St. John’s Kaden Quirk – Episode 189
7 thoughts on “How to Clean Your Lacrosse Goalie Gear”
Since my Goalie happens to be a girl, the freshening and non-smelly aspect is nearly as important as is health and safety 🙂 Whenever possible we try to lay it out to air dry in the sun, as it is a natural (fragrance-free) disinfectant for water based bacteria. This is a little harder to do after games if the team has to hustle to make way for the next team; but for practices, there are often times when drills change or roles of the players change (for example, when she’s out of the cage and another goalie is in, she switches out her helmet for her face mask, takes off the guards or whatever she can get away with for the drills and let them it roast away the sweat in the sun. She also keeps her bag open on the field so it can get hit by the sun while it’s not in carryall mode. Obviously, this would be tougher for guys that don’t have the eye mask option, but like you said, there are things to do no helmet required. (And, for washing shorts or jerseys, I take advantage of all the allergy ‘free’ detergents, no worries about harsh chemicals). Thanks for your tips, I will try the cedar one (and probably the charcoal when we start up off-season interleague play), too!
Thanks for adding that Niki.
500 gram bag of activated charcoal stuck in the bottom of the bag do wonders. No perfume smell so it does cover up the smell but it really works to keep the bag from stinking up the car. Cheap from Amazon. Takes about a week to deodorize the bag
And then last a year.
Thanks for adding that Clark. Never heard of that one. Something like this – http://amzn.to/2oYwqvo – I assume you’re referring to.
What about the atrocious smell of goalie gloves? You could probably write an entire article just about that. As a parent of a goalie, I can honestly say that is hands down the WORST, most distinctive smell of all goalie gear. My son’s hands smell so bad after games even his coaches and teammates don’t want to shake his hands. What special attention can we give to the gloves, especially if you recommend not to wash them in the washing machine??
You’re right! The smell of gloves is the worst. Try the glove dogs that I recommend in this post, they really help. Then you can occasionally wash the gloves with mild detergent and water which will help eliminate the order. Good luck curing that glove smell.
Can you use dawn for hand wash?